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this is bbc news. the headlines at four o'clock. theresa may fights back — saying replacing her as conservative leader wouldn't make the brexit negotiations any easier, and warning of a crucial week ahead. the next seven days are going to be critical. they are about the future of this country. it's about people's jobs, it's about their livelihoods, it's about the future for their children and grandchildren. safe for now — the chairman of the 1922 committee graham brady indicates to the bbc that the threshold of 48 letters for a no confidence vote in the prime minister has not yet been reached. the rules are very clear that if the threshold were to be reached i would have to consult with the leader the party... immediately, graham? immediately? i think the whole thing is written with the intention that it should be an expeditious process. president trump visits northern california following the most devastating wildfires in the state's history england qualify for the nations league finals next summer
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after beating croatia 2—1 at wembley, captain harry kane scored england's second goal in the 85th minute. coming up at 4.30pm, inside outjoins a team of wreck divers revealing the story of the south west trawlermen who gave their lives protecting shipping in wwi. the prime minister has said the next seven days are "critical" for the country, as she prepares to go to brussels to discuss the future relationship with the eu. theresa may said her brexit withdrawal deal was "in the national interest". and she warned members of her party seeking to remove her, that a change of leadership would not make it any
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easier to negotiate, or to win a vote in parliament. here's our political correspondent peter saull. out of the door but still in a job and sticking by her plan. theresa may has survived one of the toughest weeks of her premiership, and she says the next seven days will be critical too. we won't agree the leaving part until we've got what we want in the future relationship, because these two go together. so there is space to change it, then? the focus this week will be on the future relationship, and when we were in the house of commons a number of mps were saying we want some more detail on that future relationship. that's what we are working on this week. the prime minister plans to be back in brussels before a summit of eu leaders next sunday. she is seeking changes to the so—called political declaration, tagged onto the draft withdrawal agreement which sets out the objectives for a future relationship.
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the prime minister believes there is room for manoeuvre and needs to shows she's listening to her restless mps. the now former brexit secretary is proving a thorn in her side. i do think we are being bullied, i do think we are being subject to what is pretty close to blackmail, frankly, and i do think there is a point at which we just say "i'm sorry, this is the united kingdom of great britain and northern ireland, we cannot accept those dictated terms." he's not the only one the prime minister is trying to appease. the gang of five brexiteer cabinet ministers — michael gove, penny mordaunt, andrea leadsom, chris grayling and liam fox — are also applying pressure. there's more trouble brewing among backbench mps, but is a confidence vote imminent? the only man who knows has spent the weekend hundreds of miles from westminster in his leafy altrincham constituency, and graham brady seemed to suggest we aren't there yet. the rules are very clear that if a threshold would be reached, i would have to consult with the leader of the party. immediately? the whole thing is written
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with the intention that it should be an expeditious process. he may be pressed into action in the coming days. will more conservatives return here carrying letters? for now, the prime minister soldiers on. peter saull, bbc news. meanwhile, the labour leaderjeremy corbyn has said his party would reject theresa may's brexit deal as it does not pass their six tests and he didn't rule out another referendum. the eu is very used to iith—hour stuff. look at the way the lisbon treaty was negotiated and renegotiated. the issue has to be, you go back to europe and say, listen, our parliament doesn't agree with this and doesn't accept it. the people of our country don't accept it, and there are jobs on both sides of the channel at risk. we need an agreement, a serious, sensible agreement, and i believe the labour options are the serious ones that could achieve that.
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so ask the eu nicely if they would give us a better deal? they want an agreement as much as everybody else does, but the problem is this government has not negotiated an effective agreement. you think you could do it in three months? we could go there straightaway, and there is a transition period that has been agreed anyway, but you have to go back and say, look, what has been agreed so far between our government and the eu is not acceptable to the british parliament or, i suspect, the british people, and it hasn't yet been tested in the eu parliament either. i've been speaking to the conservative mp and vice chair of the european research group, mark francois over whether he's confident the 48 letters needed to trigger a vote of no confidence in theresa may will be reached. we're not a stalinist organisation. we believe in a bit of internal debate amongst friends. but i think the critical thing is that every
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conservative mp, in fact, to be frank, every member of parliament in the entire house of commons knows that there is absolutely no way that the withdrawal agreement will ever go through the house. now that labour have said they are going to vote against it and the liberals and the snp, and critically, the dup who are hopping mad with the prime minister, and the tory backbenchers, it is mathematically, impossible for it to ever get through and i think tory mps know that and i'm told the prime minister in private has been told that numerous times but she appears not to accept it. don't you accept her point that a leadership contest now is not going to make that negotiations, is not going to make that parliamentary arithmetic any easier? well, let me explain why we've done this report. it relates to that. this is the withdrawal agreement. it is 585 pages long, you can hold back a thick wooden door with this as a doorstop.
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we have now ploughed through this completely, i've read it, but it is designed so that most sensible and sane people will never read it. what we have done, we're called the european research group so we've done some european research. we have distilled this into this, sorry, which is seven pages long. it is written in plain english. we've published it on a website called brexit central so that any citizen of the united kingdom who wants to know what's in this, anyjournalist, any commentator, any member of parliament, can look up this document and in about 15 minutes can read in simple, everyday language why this is certain absolutely appalling deal. ok, but your document does not offer any alternative solution. just a moment, it takes you through your objections to the draft withdrawal agreement but all it proposes
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in its place is a canada style free trade agreement. that would not address the issue of the backstop, of how you avoid a hard border in northern ireland. that will not address the concerns that were raised by so many parliamentarians on all sides last week. well, let's talk about the backstop directly. because i saw the prime minister's interview earlier today and when she was asked about the backstop she gave an extremely round the houses and hesitant answer. and the reason for that is, if people don't know what the backstop is, we explain all the technical terms in here very simply. it is essentially an arrangement that would keep the whole of the uk inside a form of customs union until another solution could be found. you don't have an alternative to that which would be remotely acceptable to the european union. with respect, we believe super
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canada could be acceptable. why do i say that? donald tusk, the president of the european council, has said on several occasions they would actually favour a free—trade arrangement. michel barnier in april even said much the same. it's called super canada for a reason. it's based on an existing eu canadian free—trade agreement which was signed between the two parties in 2016. it exists, it is legally binding today. the eu have already accepted it or they would never have signed it. so if canada can have it, we don't see why we in the united kingdom don't have it. i still don't see how that addresses the issue of the northern ireland border. let me just ask you, mr francois, who do you think would do a betterjob of leading your party, leading this country and taking on those negotiations given the time we have left? well, if it comes to it, that would be a matter for my colleagues to decide.
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it'd be a matterfor you, you'd have a vote. well, as indeed with every other conservative mp. dominic raab, he's walked out of the cabinet. don't bother, we will actually... if we have a leadership contest then we will all decide at the time. i must, before i run out of time, come back to the backstop because it is critical. it is one of the key reasons tory mps won't vote for this because, in simple terms, once you go in, you can't get out unless the eu allow you to get out. it is the hotel california comparison, you can check in but you can only check out, and even if you do check out, you can only leave if the hotel owner lets you and that's completely unacceptable. earlier, my colleague ben brown spoke to the conservative mp sheryll murray, who is also in the erg, about her decision to write a letter of no confidence in the prime minister. clearly this policy the prime minister is pursuing,
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we have seen two brexit secretaries of state resign. she has been taking control of the negotiations and those negotiations haven't satisfied anyone. many members in my party, the labour party have said they are going to vote it down, the democratic unionist party have said they are going to vote it down and it's not commanding a majority in parliament. actually, if negotiations don't work because you've got one negotiator, then you change that negotiator. you're in a minority of conservative mps. not even 48 have called for her to be toppled. so most tory mps actually do support their prime minister. i have to say to you that the decision i took two weeks ago wasn't taken lightly. i did give my association officers, my association members and some constituents the benefit of actually telling them what i did
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as a matter of courtesy and listening to their views. they completely and utterly backed me. that is when i submitted my letter. i am pretty sure that some of my colleagues are doing exactly the same thing this weekend. they haven't done yet because graham brady has told us, he hasn't reached the 48. we're not back in westminster until tomorrow and i have no doubt that some of my colleagues will have consulted in their constituencies this weekend, and when they return tomorrow more letters will go into mr brady. you are stabbing your own party leader, your own prime minister, you're not even stabbing her in the back, you're stabbing her in the front. i've asked the prime minister on many, many occasions to give me a guarantee that the british fishing industry will not be sacrificed. the only answer i get back is, we're leaving the common fisheries policy. if you read the document the political declaration that accompanied these 500 pages this weekend, it
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actually doesn't say that. it says that we are going to, in the economic situation at the moment, we are going to look at negotiating access to waters and resources with other member states. that's not taking back control. i saw it before, i saw it 40 years ago and i was one person who did vote in the last referendum. i saw it then and i will not stand by any deal that has the potential to sacrifice the fishing industry that took my late husband in 2011. i owe it to those fishermen to stand up for them. emergency workers in california are still struggling to contain the wildfires that have devastated large areas of the state. at least 76 people are now known to have died, thousands of homes have been destroyed
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and the authorities say more than 1,200 people are unaccounted for. president trump expressed his sadness as he visited the devastated town of paradise , where many lives were lost. jenny kumah reports. ten days on, and the fires in some parts of california are still burning. more than 5,000 people have been involved in tackling what's become a national emergency with the blaze spreading over 149,000 acres. new footage has emerged showing the scale of what firefighters are up against. meanwhile, the death toll and the number of people unaccounted for continues to rise. since last night, an additional five remains were recovered, bringing the total up to 76 human remains. four of those human remains were found in paradise. all four were found inside structures. president trump visited affected areas yesterday to see the destruction for himself.
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he sparked controversy last week when he criticised californian officials for what he claimed was poor forest management. but he struck a more conciliatory tone on arrival. nobody would have ever thought this could have happened. so the federal government is behind you, we are all behind each other, i think we can truly say that. a rainstorm is forecast to hit next week, which may bring some relief. although more than half the fire is contained, officials say they may not have it fully under control until the end of the month. jenny kumah, bbc news. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's 0lly foster. good afternoon. england have finished top of their group and qualified for next summer's nation's league finals. they came from behind to beat
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croatia 2—1 at wembley though england had the best chances early on it was goaless at half—time and they fell behind when andrej kramaric was allowed to turn and shoot, a deflection off eric dier saw the ball loop over jordan pickford. the equaliser came inside the final 15 minutes, captain harry kane poked the ball goalwards and jesse lingaard made sure it crossed the line. and five minutes from time, kane got on the end of ben chilwell‘s free kick for the winner, his 20th england goal. defeat for croatia means that they have been relegated to the second tier of the tournament. england's cricketers have won a series in sri lanka for the first time in 17 years. they took the three wickets required to win the second test in kandy and go 2—0 up with one to play, sri lanka needed 75 runs to level the series but two wickets from moeen ali and one from jack leach, to claim his maiden five wicket haul, saw england win by 57 runs. the final test in colombo starts on friday. the open winner and ryder cup star
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francesco molinari will end a brilliant season as europe's number one golfer. tommy fleetwood was the only man who could overtake him but needed to win the season—ending world tour championship in dubai. both finished down the field. danny willett won the tournament, his first title since winning the masters two and half years ago willett finished two shots clear of another englishman matt wallace and american patrick reed. that's all the sport for now. i'll have more for you in the next hour. president donald trump said he has not heard the alleged tape recording of events leading to journalist jamal kashoggi's murder. in an interview with the us broadcaster fox news, he said that while he has been fully briefed on the contents of the tape, he believes there is no reason for him to listen to the "terrible tape". there have been reports that the cia believes mr khashoggi's killing was ordered by crown prince mohammed bin salman. saudi arabia has blamed rogue
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intelligence agents. we have the tape, i don't want to we have the tape, i don't want to hear the tape. it is a suffering tape. it is a terrible tape. i have been fully briefed on it. there is i'io been fully briefed on it. there is no reason for me to hear it. there is no reason. i know everything that we nt is no reason. i know everything that went on. and what happened? it is very violent, very vicious and terrible. let's go to our correspondent, chris buckler, who is in washington for us. he also seemed to be hesitating in terms of who to blame for the murder. yes, the us government is trying to pause the suggestions the caa have come to conclusions about mohammed
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bin salman, the crown prince of saudi arabia ordering the murder of come out khashoggi. they all suggest thatis come out khashoggi. they all suggest that is the case. that is strongly denied by saudi arabia. the president himself is insisting that at this stage, the cia are concluding their report. the state department gave a very carefully worded statement in which they suggested the us government was still to reach a conclusion as opposed to the intelligence agency. we're getting indications the caa has been gathering this evidence and will conclude its report within the next couple of days. we know for example they have been looking at telephone evidence and we know of course they have this tape, allegedly, jamal khashoggi's murder. it will point in the direction of saudi arabia although we're getting indications that is no wonder stand—alone single piece of
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evidence, no so—called smoking gun that points to the crown prince. 50 far, that points to the crown prince. so far, presidents trump seems to be resisting all the pressure for him to be taking a much stronger line against saudi arabia over this case. yes. the argus from the us will be they have already put in place sanctions, sanctions against 17 individuals they believe were involved in the murder. but at the same time, you get these comments from president trump saying very specifically that saudi arabia is a spectacular ally, those were the words he used, in terms ofjobs and economic development. he was to protect that relationship and that has got to do with its strategic importance in terms of the middle east as a big ally for america. those words are spectacular ally, i going to come under scrutiny if it is suggested that someone within the saudi government, someone within
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that royal family potentially even had involvement all ordered the murder. there were people inside congress who are concerned about the statement that has been made and there are critics who may suggest there are critics who may suggest there are critics who may suggest there are things donald trump simply doesn't want to hear beyond this terrible murder. the former wales and lions rugby star, gareth thomas, says he was attacked last night in cardiff simply because he's gay. he posted this video on his twitter account in which his face appeared bruised and cut. this morning, i've decided to make what i hope will be a positive video. last night, i was a victim in my home city of a hate crime for my sexuality. why i want to be positive is because i want to say thank you to the police who were involved and were very helpful and allowed me to do restorative justice with the people who did this, because i thought they could learn more that way than any other way. and also to the people of cardiff who supported me and helped me,
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because there's a lot of people out there who want to hurt us, but unfortunately for them, there's a lot more that want to help us heal, so this, i hope, will be a positive message. (tx sot) with me is our correspondent, navtej johal. just tell us a little bit more about what we know about this case and the circumstances of the attack. we understand this incident took place around nine o'clock on friday and you can see a dvd of gareth thomas appears bruised on his face following an assault in cardiff on a night out. we understand it was on his request the police dealt with a 16—year—old boy by way of restorative justice, that is a focus on reconciliation with a victim. the 44—year—old former rugby star said he was targeted because of his sexuality, he came out nine years
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ago and said at the time he had hidden his sexuality for years. he felt this was the best way for his attacker to he also says in that emotional and powerful message that he wanted this to be a positive message. it certainly had a positive response, thousands of likes, m essa 9 es response, thousands of likes, m essa g es of response, thousands of likes, messages of support including from the former wales goalkeeper neville southall. katharine merry, gabby logan, all showing their support. southall. katharine merry, gabby logan, all showing their supportm is an extraordinary that in this day and age there are still comparatively few really senior sports men and women who are publicly declared they are gay. that is right. particularly in what many people describe as a match or, masculine sport like the rugby, to have somebody like gareth thomas come out. we have had a statement from south wales police this afternoon which i should mention. a 16—year—old boy was dealt with by
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way of restorative justice and that is that the request of mr thomas and it adds, restorative justice is that the request of mr thomas and it adds, restorativejustice is about putting the victims need in the centre, finding positive solutions and encouraging young people to be accountable for the consequences of their actions. thank you. germany is marking its annual national day of mourning to remember its war dead, a week on from commemorations of the armistice that ended the first world war. french president emmanuel macron joined german chancellor angela merkel to lay a wreath at berlin's places of remembrance, which is dedicated to all victims of war and dictatorship. mr macron has also been speaking at the german parliament. some of britain's biggest companies are urging the government to honour a promise to give mental health in the workplace the same status as physical health. executives from 50 companies — including royal mail, wh smith and ford, have written to theresa may, asking her to follow through on last year's manifesto pledge to update health and safety legislation.
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the government says it will bring forward the recommendations of an independent review. one of the most controversial industrial projects built in the uk, is closing down after nearly a quarter of a century. the nuclear reprocessing plant at sellafield in cumbria, has already recycled its last batch of fuel. parts of the site will now be used to store waste, while the rest will be decommissioned, a process expected to take decades, as theo leggett reports. the fuel has been taken from the main area and transferred into this area. this is thorpe. for nearly 25 years, it's been recycling old nuclear fuel, separating usable uranium and plutonium from useless waste. a process once seen as a kind of alchemy. what kind of science could take a fuel, burn it and turn the ashes back into fresh fuel to burn again? but soon alarms were sounding.
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thorpe was meant to provide fuel for a new generation of super—efficient power stations, but they were never built and ambitious targets were never met. the plant didn't operate as well as we had originally expected. there were a number of operational problems through its life. those lofty aspirations were built upon expectations around nuclear power, cost of uranium, and those assumptions did not prove to be valid. thorpe did make some £9 billion reprocessing waste from overseas, but now those contracts have dried up as well. although reprocessing has now finished here at thorpe, that isn't the end for this vast facility. parts of the plant will still be used to store old nuclear fuel. and the rest? that will become part of a growing industry, nuclear decommissioning. the most dangerous parts of the site will have to be decontaminated before being dismantled.
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sophisticated technologies being developed to go where humans can't. thorpe was once a key target for environmental campaigners greenpeace. they now agree that decommissioning creates exciting opportunities. decommissioning has to be done well, with skilled people who know what they're doing and have experience of doing it. so we support decommissioning work, and if sellafield wants to become a global leader of that, we are supportive. under there is nitric acid with a lot of radioactive substances. thorpe once symbolised ambitious plans for a future of cheap and clean nuclear power. its legacy though is a contaminated facility which will take decades to decommission. theo leggett, bbc news, sellafield. now it's time for a look at the weather with nick miller. if you have enjoyed the sunshine this weekend, you won't be that
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pleased to find out that there are cloudier skies on their way this week and much colder airfor a time. temperatures dip away quite quickly this evening under clear skies, cloud increasing from the east will stop that drop in temperature across eastern areas. but where you're clearer for longest, especially for northern ireland and scotland, there will be a frost around in places. there will be some showers in eastern side of the uk tomorrow, from eastern scotland down through eastern england. in fact, during the afternoon quite a few running into east anglia south—east england. some sunny spells especially to the west, but most places will see more cloud compared with the weekend. still some decent sunshine in the far north—west of scotland. there is a stronger easterly wind. two things going on, one, the temperatures will come down a little bit, so more of us will be in single figures, and two, because of the stronger wind, it will feel a bit colder than this as well. hello this is bbc news
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with carole walker. the headlines: theresa may fights back,saying replacing her as conservative leader wouldn't make the brexit negotiations any easier, and warning of a crucial week ahead. the next seven days are going to be critical. they are about the future of this country. it's about people's jobs, it's about their livelihoods, it's about the future for their children and grandchildren. safe for now — the chairman of the 1922 committee graham brady indicates to the bbc that the threshold of 48 letters for a no confidence vote in the prime minister has not yet been reached. president trump visits northern california following the most devastating wildfires in the state's history. england qualify for the nations league finals next summer after beating croatia 2—1 at wembley, captain harry kane scored the winning goal in the 85th minute. former wales rugby union
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captain gareth thomas says he was attacked last night in cardiff because of his sexuality. now on bbc news its time for inside out. hello and welcome to inside out south—west — stories and investigations from where you live. tonight: a search for heroes — finding the last resting place of the makeshift minesweepers. this is the last piece of the world war i wrecks that have not been found in falmouth. it's just nice to have that complete. also tonight: we investigate the tragic consequences of mental—health misdiagnosis. it's hard to live with what i'm dealing with day—in,


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